The Musa Dagh History Hike: Truth-Telling, Dialogue and Thanatourism

  • Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)


The past is often difficult to grasp, even when it is directly related to one’s family history. The collective memory of historical injustices can be warped by time, overlaid by more recent events, and filtered through the lens of vested interests only too willing to expropriate the past in order to score points in the present. Cultural production, although clearly created and thus subjective by nature, offers survivor generations the opportunity to deal in an imaginative and productive manner with past suffering which has been transmitted into their lives through intergenerational dialogue, be it by intention or default.


Social Enterprise Social Entrepreneurship Collective Memory Historical Injustice Global Information System 
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  • Eugene Sensenig-Dabbous
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  1. 1.Notre Dame UniversityUSA

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